Many things were different about photographing weddings this year. Mainly the lack of people at weddings and/or no wedding at all…just the couple. Luckily all of the couples I work with have been flexible in still making things happen in this alternate universe called 2020.
Jess and Mike joined us for a trip around Edison, NJ to do an extended portrait session. We found an exceptional location in Roosevelt Park (near Menlo Park Mall) and made the most of it.
Special thanks to David Alonso for second shooting this with me. He’s the nicest guy around!
I was psyched out of my head to shoot this wedding and I’ll tell you why. BIG OLE WATERFALLS! In New Jersey? Say what now? A lot of people have no idea what or where the Great Falls are. It’s one of those things you kinda sorta hear about, but never really follow up on. Until you go there and see them yourself. Susanna and Marcus were getting married at The Brownstone in Paterson which is right around the corner from the Great Falls.
We made good use of our time before things got underway for the ceremony to get some breathtaking shots all over the falls. We lucked out and even got a sweet rainbow ripping across the drop. Ridiculous! I am still psyched about the waterfalls and we’re two paragraphs into this blog…and it’s been months since the wedding.
After nature blew our collective minds, we headed back to the venue to get everyone into position for the ceremony. They had a ceremony that reminded me a bit of my own. They stamped their own touch on the ceremony and it was lovely.
The remainder of the day featured some sweet dance moves for reception and heartfelt toasts from family members. A great, great wedding. Special thanks to Lew Monty for second shooting with me and assisting throughout the day.
Clients are interesting. Within just a few months I have had multiple requests to shoot in Asbury Park. That is good for the city and even better for my stomach because it’s full of great places to eat.
Kristen and John came down and it was also Kristen birthday so she wanted new portraits of herself, with John and also getting her wedding dress a little messed up by the Atlantic Ocean.
Depending on a person’s attachment to a dress, “trash the dress” is open to interpretation. Since we weren’t going to muddy it up or set it on fire, I thought a literal “trash the dress” would be funny.
“The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the nonprofit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.
The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.”
Today is the one year anniversary of our wedding. Planning our wedding was a lot of fun and hard work. So many thanks go out to all the people that helped us along the way! I think we spent just about every waking hour planning some aspect of the wedding.
It took a while to find talented people that also meshed with our personalities. I particularly had to find a photographer and videographer that really won me over. Jen Rutherford handled the photography and Rob Villano handled the videography. Very professional and easy to work with. Absolutely no worries.
One of my favorite pieces to create was the cake topper which we ended up putting near the cake instead of on top of it. This was the first time I had seriously sculpted anything since high school. I used air drying clay and coated it with a water based polymer to give it strength. (I made a smart decision by minimizing the amount of branches on the tree. It would have been much too difficult to move without worries on the day of the wedding.) A nice side effect of the polymer was that it gave the tree an icey appearance! The snow was added toward the of the project as a final touch.
All of the print pieces were designed by us and used the “GrekoDeko” and “Hightower” fonts throughout for consistency. We wanted everything to have a nice, classy appearance that would compliment the feeling of Shadowbrook.
It was great to break out the comping skills to make prototypes for Lindsay. The invitations themselves went through several revisions. Originally we were going to do a black invitation, but it was too cost prohibitive to print on black paper. Luckily, I planned ahead in case that happened. The design was solid and looked just as good inverted.
Our ceremony and reception was held at Shadowbrook. Our friend/life-cycle celebrant, Dana Zipkin, presided over the ceremony. People are still raving about the ceremony, so I highly suggest Ceremonies by Dana if you are tired of the same old crap at weddings.
In July 2012 I assisted Rita Rojas-Sullivan in shooting a wedding in Princeton, New Jersey. I started out at the hotel photographing the groomsmen. Fun bunch. Lots of joking and that made things easy. They were good sports about going out in the heat too!
The ceremony itself was at the Princeton Chapel. Gorgeous church. I made sure to get plenty of wide shots to showcase how enormous the building is. Since I was the second photographer, it gave me a chance to experiment with lenses I normally don’t use for more than a few shots. Namely my Rokinon 8mm.
The reception was held at the Prospect House. Fantastic live music all night long and a lovely wedding was enjoyed by all.
Amanda and Miguel were wed at the Main St. Manor in historic Flemington, New Jersey. An old house immediately gives the photos a lot of character. I enjoyed photographing this wedding and it’s certainly worth mentioning that the food was OUT OF THIS WORLD!
In this video I give a few tips on buying a new camera and exploring the world of photography. It’s not as easy as buying an expensive camera and suddenly becoming a “professional”. Learn the craft. That’s how your work takes shape and stands out from the crowd.
And, yes, I do say “uh” and “um” a lot in this video. I did it in one take, so I’m pretty proud of that. Ha ha! In the future, I promised less “uhs” and “uhms”.
I had the pleasure of photographing a great wedding at The English Manor in Ocean Township, New Jersey. Jennifer and Anthony couldn’t have picked a nicer day to get married. I arrived early to take a walk around the grounds and find spots for post-ceremony shots with the bride and groom. Everyone was easy to work with and you can’t ask for anything more than that. Here are some of my favorite shots taken throughout the day. Enjoy!
Dana Zipkin needed new photos for her web site. Dana happens to be a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and you can learn more about her on her web site. She also happens to be the lady that married Lindsay and myself. Downtown Nutley, New Jersey served as our backdrop. The photos of Dana sitting on the steps have been nicknamed “The Huxtable Look” because they remind us of the surburban dwelling on “The Cosby Show”.
The photos on the steps were taken just before the sun had completely set, so I brought back some daylight by adding an orange gel to my flash. For other locations, we embraced the darkness.